Special Services

Welcome to the Department of Special Services

Holly Area Schools Schools provides a full range of educational programs for academically and physically challenged students in compliance with state and federal laws.  These services are provided to qualified individuals residing within our school district.  Programs through Special Services vary for each child and are customized to the student's individual needs.

Our Mission:

Holly Area Schools Department of Special Education is a bridge that connects all learners to each other, the community, and to the success of their futures. Through offering exceptional holistic programs and services centered on the whole child, HAS will focus on the academic, physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and communication needs of our students. We are committed to developing and expanding our continuum of options for students to participate in general education.

Our Vision:

Holly Area Schools will create a community of students who have the skills, knowledge, and experiences to contribute to the values of their schools, families, communities, and country.  HAS will provide, through a holistic educational approach, experiences to cultivate self-reliance and independence. Our students will build the skills and confidence needed to be successful contributing members to our society.

The programs and services listed below are provided through this office. 

External LinkAncillary Services
External LinkAdult Transition
External LinkChild Find
External LinkEarly Childhood Special Education
External LinkEarly On® Oakland
External LinkHomebound Services
External LinkSection 504

District Process for Determination of a Specific Learning Disability:

The district uses a Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses Process for the determination of a Specific Learning Disability for all buildings and all grades in the district and includes the following:

1)  The student does not achieve adequately for the student's age or to meet State approved grade level standards in one or more of the areas identified at 34 CFR §300.309(a)(1)(i) when provided with learning experiences and instruction appropriate for the student's age or State-approved grade level standards; and
2)  The student exhibits a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age, State approved grade level standards, or intellectual development, that is determined by the MET to be relevant to the identification of a SLD, using appropriate assessments, consistent with the IDEA Evaluation Procedures and Additional Requirements for Evaluations and Reevaluations.


Special Services News

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May 23, 2024
Basketball Camp

Special Needs Basketball Camp photo with students
Additional  pictures from last year’s camp can be viewed at Basketball Camp Pictures (2023)


My name is Jim Rutkowski.  I am contacting you on behalf of the University of Detroit Mercy.

We are once again sponsoring a Basketball Camp for Players with Special Needs (age 10 and above) at Calihan Hall on Thursday, June 20 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  Campers will participate in supervised, fun drills and will be provided with refreshments and camp t-shirts.

Please help us to get the word out about this fun event and distribute the attached registration form to interested students and/or to appropriate staff members.

Registration can also be completed online at http://www.detroittitans.com/SpecialNeedsCamp .  

The fee for participation is $15 per camper.  Families who need financial assistance can inquire about camp sponsorship at (313) 585-4786.

Deadline for registration is Tuesday, June 18.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by phone, text or e-mail.

Thank you and Go Titans!

Jim Rutkowski
CELL:  (248) 330-6408
E-MAIL:  jim.rutkowski@gmail.com

May 22, 2024
EarlyOn Family Workshop Schedule

Free parent/caregiver virtual workshops and in-person parent/child opportunities for families of children Birth - Three years of age.

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PDF DocumentEarlyOn Family Workshop Schedule

February 29, 2024
Miracle League 2024 Summer Baseball

Miracle League 2024 Baseball Registration

Register Now for 2024 Summer Baseball

All games are played at Miracle Field in Park, located in Orion Township.  This is an adaptive baseball field for children with special needs.

To register for the Youth League, visit - tinyurl.com/mlno-youth-summer-2024   (or scan the appropriate QR code above)

To register for the Adult League, visit - tinyurl.com/mlno-adult-summer-2024   (or scan the appropriate QR code above)

December 22, 2023
Parent Advisory Committee Newsletter

Please check out the link to our new Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Newsletter with community events and valuable information.

December 6, 2023
Transition Resource Evening - January 18, 2024

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Our Special Education Parent Advisory Committee “PAC” is hosting an evening event related to Transition for Special Education students at every level. At this resource event, there will be staff and agencies available to discuss transition information for:
• Early Childhood to Preschool
• Preschool to Kindergarten
• Elementary to Middle School
• Middle School to High School
• High School to Post-Secondary

Topic: Transition Resource Evening
Date: January 18th
Time: 6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Holly Middle School Cafeteria

We can’t wait to see you!

PDF DocumentTransition Resource Evening Flyer

November 10, 2023
Sensory Friendly Movie Experience - Disney's WISH on Dec 2nd

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We are excited to share an opportunity at Milford Independent Cinema to offer a special showing of a Sensory Friendly movie experience, Disney's WISH on December 2nd at 1:00 p.m.  

Tickets are only $2.00; you can print the ticket or have it ready on the phone for entry.

"After years of telling tales about what happens when characters wish upon a star, Disney explores how the iconic wishing star came to be in the first place. "

This event is for families that may have children with special needs to experience the movie in a relaxed, safe and accepting environment.  Our sensory friendly setting will have:

  • Limited Seating
  • Dimmed Lighting
  • Sound turned down
  • Give children freedom to move around

There is limited seating to accommodate for some moving around so it is sure to sell out quickly!

PDF DocumentSensory Friendly Movie - Disney's WISH

November 9, 2023
The Miracle League - Bowling

The Miracle League Bowling Registration Flyer - Jan-Feb 2024Registration for bowling is now open!

  • This program is open to special needs individuals ages 4 years and up.
  • We will once again be bowling at Century Bowl in Waterford. 
  • Bowling will be on SATURDAY'S from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm beginning January 6, 2024 and ending on February 17, 2024 (7 consecutive Saturdays). 
  • Registration fee includes:  1 hour of bowling each week, shirt, shoe rental, prizes, medal, friendship and fun!
  • We have an option to split your registration fee into 3-installments.

Bowling fills up quickly, so register early to reserve your spot!

Register at:  https://tinyurl.com/mlno-bowl-2024

For more information contact Susie: sglasgow@eastersealsmorc.org

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Jennifer Lauria

Karl Richter Campus
Special Services
Director of Special Services
Phone: 248.328.3170

Erika Stevens

Karl Richter Campus
Special Services
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 248.328.3170